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|Pilot F/O George Hockings, 405250 (KIA) Chelmer, QLD
Observer Major William Francis O'Hara. NX100719 2 Australian Air Liaison Section (KIA) Enfield, NSW
Crashed December 22, 1942
Built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC). Constructor Number 160.
On November 12, 1940 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as CA-7 Wirraway serial number A20-A20-160. On November 12, 1940 received by 1 Air Depot (1 AD). On December 9, 1940 assigned to 3 SFTS. On April 7, 1941 assigned to 2 STS, but never taken up.
On April 17, 1941 took off piloted by V. A. Collyer, 402935 on a flight and suffered an oil pressure loss and force landed at Coolangatta Airfield. The pilot survived unhurt. Afterwards, assigned to 7 SFTS, but never taken up.
On May 31, 1941 assigned to 4 Squadron. No known nickname or nose art.
On March 23, 1942 this Wirraway was heavily damaged and unable to be repaired in situ. Afterwards, repaired by April 6, 1942 and returned to service.
On April 13, 1942 took off piloted P/O J. R. Mowbray on a flight and suffered an engine failure and made a wheels up landing near Melbourne.
Recovery of Remains
Hockings was initially buried at the crash site Map Ref 2785-2375 Buna Target No. 24. On August 4, 1943 buried at Cape Endaiadere War Cemetery at plot D, row B, grave 3. On November 24, 1946 buried at Soputa War Cemetery at grave U. A. 4. Finally, transported to Port Moresby for permanent burial.
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